First broadcast in 1949, John Steele, Adventurer was a thriller/drama that wasn't considered a major force in the world of radio although it is considered to have offered great entertainment. Jungles and deserts made up the eerie background sounds of the series that featured Don Douglas as John Steele.
John Steele was the type of roving adventurer and thrill seeker who held various jobs in exotic locations. Among his career paths were country sheriff, special agent in Turkey and a ship's captain.
The stories were narrated by a friend of Steele's, with Steele making cameo appearances throughout. Ted Mallie, of The Shadow and I Love a Mystery announcing fame also landed the job of the announcer for John Steele, Adventurer, which featured Elliot Drake as the director.
John Larkin, Jack Edwards, Bryna Raeburn and other radio personalities were also featured in the series as supporting actors. Music for the series added tones of mystery and adventure and was produced by Sylvan Levin and later, Doc Whipple.
Fans of the John Steele, Adventurer enjoyed the hard and fast-paced action and the stories seemed to be lifted off the pages from popular action magazines of the time such as All-Story and Argosy. To overcome the challenges of a radio show featuring a person who couldn't speak, the producers represented the boy's thoughts (rather than speaking voice) by using an echo chamber. It was considered a very moving and adventurous story of the series.
At the end of each story in the series, John Steele's voice would comment, "A life of adventure is yours for the asking, but don't look for it; it may find you! Happy hunting!"
John Steele, Adventurer made lots of fans during its time on the air and even though its overall rating wasn't as high as other radio shows it was very entertaining.
This series synopsis is courtesy of R U Sitting Comfortably at http://www.rusc.com
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May 7, 2019 Subject:
A Welcome Collection
I have been listening to this collection for several yrs. working it in with all the other fine collections here on Archives.Org. so as to make this collection last longer, and I want to say in my opinion and as stated earlier, it is indeed well written and a joy to listen to. it is very refreshing to have such a fine collection still available to enjoy. Thanks to the uploader.
October 23, 2015 Subject:
This is the best set of this series ever assembled
This series never got the respect of old radio collectors and could only be found here and there in collections. Finally, the collection has been gathered and it's in the best sound compared to what was originally circulating among collectors. There are also some rare episodes here.
October 22, 2015 Subject:
WeLL Written & Overlooked
In my humble opinion (and I have listened to 90% of ALL remaining old time radio), this series is one of the most well written and most over-looked series of all time. I hope "new" episodes keep coming!!!!